Visions of Champaklal

Visions of Champaklal

These visions and inner experiences recorded by Champaklal between 1978 and 1987 form the centerpiece of this book. Champaklal began seeing visions in 1929. This book presents six of those visions, including three extraordinary ones at the Matrimandir, which he visited a number of times while it was under construction. They are accompanied by introductory and background material related to Champaklal’s life and service to Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, a narrative related to Auroville and the Matrimandir, extracts from the writings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother on the symbolism in visions, and a few personal comments by Nirodbaran and other friends of Champaklal. The work is enhanced by a number of photographs, colour plates, and facsimiles of messages in the handwritings of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo.

Champaklal first met Sri Aurobindo in April, 1921. Two years later he joined the Ashram and became the faithful personal attendant of, firstly, Sri Aurobindo and, later, The Mother. Both held him in very high regard. In a letter of 1920, Sri Aurobindo wrote, “I do not want thousands or lakhs of disciples. It would be enough if I get a hundred men free from their petty egoism and ready to work as the instruments of the Divine.” The Mother was later to identify Champaklal as one of that hundred.


Book Details

Author: Champaklal
Compiled & Edited: Roshan & Apurva
Print Length: 104
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Ashram
Submitted by: Sergei
Book format: Pdf, ePub, mobi (Kindle)
Language: English


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Contents

Preface
A Letter
Introduction

DREAMS — Extracts from the Writings of The Mother

  • Dreams — Origin, Formation
  • Dreams — Types, Importance, Utility
  • Dreams — How to Remember, Interpret

VISIONS — Extracts from the Writings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother

  • Visions — Opening, Signs, Development
  • Visions — Importance, Utility
  • Visions — Characteristics, Types
  • Visions — Experience, Transformation, Realisation
  • Visions — Symbols, Symbolism

DREAMS AND VISIONS OF CHAMPAKLAL — With Sri Aurobindo’s Interpretations

  • Strange Dreams
  • The Calm Sea
  • An Unpleasant Dream
  • Blue Lotus
  • Loss of the Key
  • On Champaklal A Fighter on the Vital Plane
  • Are Visions Helpful in Sadhana?
  • Key with the Light
  • An Attack on the Vital Plane
  • A Lotus with a Coconut
  • Fire of Aspiration
  • On Champaklal Champaklal as a Soldier
  • Sun of Truth
  • A Baby with a Pot
  • The Sun and the Flower
  • Passing through the Workshop
  • A Rope of Light
  • A Fight with the Force of Discontent
  • A Carriage Drawn by a Tiger
  • An Accident at the Pond
  • The Sun and the Darkness
  • The Faith and the Downward Pull

VISIONS OF CHAMPAKLAL

  • Champaklal’s dream about our School Children
  • Ascent to Peace, Joy and Ananda
  • Annihilation of Evil
  • Towards the Mountain with Golden Light
  • An Experience with the Mother’s Photograph
  • Wonderful Lion-shaped Figure
  • Tapogiri
  • Illumined Place
  • Extraordinary Yajna at Tapogiri
  • Lamp in Madhuvan
  • Mount Paradise
  • The Mother’s Grace
  • Vision at Lower Part of Matrimandir
  • Journey of an Aspiring Soul towards Higher Planes
  • Golden Figure Enveloping Auroville
  • Two Visions at Hyderabad, Darbar Hall Golden Waterfall
  • Arrows Turning into Beautiful Flowers
  • Vision of Auroville Foundation Ceremony
  • Mother in a Golden Body
  • Visions at Govind Dham
  • On the Way to Hemkund
  • The Mother and the “Aspiration” Flowers
  • A Vision at the Lake Estate
  • Gift of Brilliant Beautiful Asana
  • A Journey to the New World
  • Conquest of the Asura on Mahasamadhi Day
  • Recitation of Savitri by Sri Aurobindo
  • “Gratitude”
  • Sri Aurobindo and the Mother in Gigantic Bodies
  • Loving Mother and the Baby
  • Mysterious Worlds
  • Mysterious Numbers
  • A Dream — Transcending Time
  • A Sheet of Cloth with Snow-white Light
  • Experience of Sudarshan Chakra
  • An Unforgettable Wonderful Experience in Kottakal
  • Prasad to the Deserving Only
  • Tears of Gratitude
  • The Sage and the Old Book
  • Infinite Steps
  • Going Higher and Higher
  • Mysterious Heaps
  • A Vision at Nainital
  • The Assurance from the Mother
  • An Experience of Om
  • An Experience of Boundless Ananda
  • A Magnificent Mystic Darshan
  • A Message from the Mother
  • A Vision of the Famous French Artist
  • The Mother in the Golden Lotus
  • A Magnificent Heavenly Darshan in Matrimandir
  • Symbolic Vision in Waking State
  • Golden Virāt Purusha

INTERPRETATIONS OF CHAMPAKLAL’S VISIONS — Based on the Interpretations of the Symbols Given by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother

  • Interpretations of Champaklal’s Visions
  • Ascent to Peace, Joy and Ananda
  • Annihilation of Evil
  • Wonderful Lion-shaped Figure
  • Tapogiri Illumined Place
  • Extraordinary Yajna at Tapogiri
  • Lamp in Madhuvan
  • The Vision at Lower Part of Matrimandir
  • Journey of an Aspiring Soul towards Higher Planes
  • Golden Figure Enveloping Auroville
  • Two Visions at Hyderabad, Darbar Hall
  • Golden Waterfall
  • Arrows Turning into Beautiful Flowers
  • Vision of Auroville Foundation Ceremony
  • Mother in Golden Body
  • Vision at Govind Dham
  • On the Way to Hemkund
  • The Mother and the “Aspiration” Flowers
  • A Vision at the Lake Estate
  • Gift of Brilliant Beautiful Asana
  • A Journey to the New-World
  • Conquest of the Asura on Mahasamadhi Day
  • Recitation of Savitri by Sri Aurobindo
  • Loving Mother and the Baby
  • Mysterious Worlds
  • A Dream Transcending Time
  • A Sheet of Cloth with Snow-white Light
  • Experience of Sudarshan Chakra
  • An Unforgettable Wonderful Experience in Kottakal
  • The Assurance from the Mother
  • An Experience of Om
  • An Experience of Boundless Ananda
  • A Magnificent Mystic Darshan
  • A Message from the Mother
  • A Vision of the Famous French Artist, Claude Monet
  • The Mother in Golden Lotus
  • Symbolic Vision in Waking State
  • Golden Virāt Purusha

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Visions of Champaklal

PREFACE

We present in this book a collection of dreams and visions of Champaklal whose very name evokes the memories of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother to their devotees. The collection is prepared without any distortion from the original writings. The word “Vision” is also used at some places to convey its wider sense of superconscious experiences and revelations. They are usually symbolic, clear, precise and well coordinated. Our purpose in presenting the dreams and visions of Champaklal is to make available, to the present generation, one of the major aspects of his life given in the narrations of visions as actually “seen” by him from time to time. They are like a glorious song of cosmic forces at work both in man and in nature. Our purpose will be well served if this book can re-create, in the prepared reader, at least a semblance of the experiences of Champaklal.

Champaklal used to ask Sri Aurobindo the meanings of his dreams, hence their interpretations by Sri Aurobindo are available. They are presented here. We have made an attempt to suggest possible interpretations of later dreams and visions, based on the interpretations of the symbols given by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Some hardy souls may raise their eyebrows at this. We are aware that to give an interpretation would be like shooting an arrow at the Truth, which may, at the most, “hit a point, but not cover the whole target.” These interpretations are only a pointer, are not to be taken as rigid and absolute and they are not meant to limit the original value and beauty of the dreams and visions. It is our hope to use them as mirrors and try to provide a reflection of the beauty and depth of the experiences of Champaklal to the reader.

We believe that if an individual does not at least make an attempt towards the realisation of the higher consciousness, his life will be spent in vain. Our attempt is, therefore, to persuade the reader to take upon himself the task of his own re-building so that he may in turn feel the urge to be liberated and experience what Sri Aurobindo describes in his lines in Savitri:

“Near to earth’s wideness, intimate with heaven,
Exalted and swift her young large-visioned spirit
Voyaging through worlds of splendour and of calm
Overflew the ways of thought to unborn things.”

Would it not be a source of inspiration to know that a man exists amongst us, who could assert even today that he actually sees and is in constant union with Sri Aurobindo and the Mother in their luminous, golden bodies?

We have also compiled extracts in general from the writings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, on dreams and visions, which have been presented in individual chapters.

Most visions have been translated from Gujarati by Champaklal himself, some by the late Shri Pujalal and some by Sushilaben with the help of Champaklal and Kamalaben. Many of them have appeared in the English monthly Mother India.

We present this book with a deep sense of gratitude and reverence to Champaklal for his guidance, kind co-operation and patient hearing. We also offer our sincere thanks to an eminent scholar and an enlightened devotee Shri K.D. Sethna (Amal Kiran) for his able and unobtrusive guidance. We are most grateful to all those who have helped in the publication of this book. We would like to record our special thanks to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Press, Pondicherry, for the cooperation extended by them.

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